As December 2017 rolls around, New Englanders prepare for another winter. Many are wondering what the forecast is for this year.
Historically, according to the National Weather Service, the coldest winter ever for the Boston Area was the winter of 1917-18 when the temperature on average was 23.8 degrees. And of course, we all remember the winter of 2014-15 where we got 110.6 inches of snow over the course of the season, making it the snowiest winter ever for the state.
Junior Mark S. said, “I like the snow but 2014-15’s winter was just too much. It knocked our power out for so long we had to stay in a hotel until it was fixed. I hope we never get a winter that bad again.”
But the real question is, what is this winter going to look like? And how does it compare to winters in the past?
Well according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this winter will be mild with a mixture of rain and snow. The Almanac uses sunspots to help forecast their winters.
The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has forecasted that this winter will be warmer than average for the Southern and Eastern United States, including New England. They also predicted that precipitation would be slightly higher for the northern U.S.
Senior, Sarah Z. said, “Think about all those massive hurricanes we had earlier this year, but as snowstorms. I really hope that’s not something we have to worry about with global warming.”
According to the NOAA global warming may have impact on the size of snowstorms. In their words they have stated that, “Years with heavy seasonal snow and extreme snowstorms continue to occur with great frequency as the climate has changed. The frequency of extreme snowstorms in the eastern two-thirds of the contiguous United States has increased over the past century. Approximately twice as many extreme U.S. snowstorms occurred in the latter half of the 20th century than the first.”